It's that time of year again; hunting, fall sports, and, of course, the fall play! This year the Ripley High School Theater Club is putting on the play, “And Never Been Kissed.” Flory Patterson (played by Brooke King) is almost sixteen and has never been kissed, but not for lack of trying. Young, romantic Flory spends every waking moment trying to make boys notice her. Also, there’s Flory’s best friend, Millie (played by Ramsey Monk), her patient mother (played by Samantha Wallace), her straight-shooting and ornery little sister Mavy (played by Bethanny Johnson), and, of course, the subjects of Flory’s infatuation, the boys: There’s stuck-up Charlie (Skye Stover), dreamy Douglass (played by Trinton Hilbert), eager Gilmore (played by Tyler Hilbert), and finally perfect Phillip (Jared Carr).
While “And Never Been Kissed” was originally set in 1928, director Christina Iman has modernized it and made it her own. Iman has taken it out of the flapper age and added brand names like Victoria’s Secret and Cosmopolitan.
“These kids have really owned this play!” Iman said. The actors practice after school and during lunch, and really whenever they can. “And Never Been Kissed” will be showing November 20 for the school at 1 p.m., November 21 for the public at 7 p.m., and November 22 for the public at 3 p.m., and the cost to enter is only $1. All proceeds from the play go to the theater club at Ripley High School to fund future plays. While this play has some suggestive humor, it would not be offensive to small children, so overall Iman says it would be rated PG. “And Never Been Kissed” falls under the genre of romantic comedy, but is for anyone.
“We have worked very hard on this and everyone will definitely be entertained!” Iman said, so bring your family and come support the Ripley High School Theater Club!